Category Archives: Hervey Bay

Sand Push Needed

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I’ve just contacted Council to see if we can have a massive sand push along the beach between the Maryborough Sailing Club and Torquay, a local resident Steve Rush has informed me it hasn’t been done for over 12 months in some areas? I just went to have a look and took the attached pictures. Some of these trees should live if we get their roots back stabilised … I’ve also included nature pics from Steve and his message to our current Mayor …. I’ll update when I hear back further from the Council …

VOTE 1 for a local with experience that has lived in Hervey Bay and Div 9 since 1978!

My corflute has kindly been put up across from Star of the Sea Catholic School by a lovely couple – This picture of me was taken in April 1984 and published in the local newspaper when the school was officially opened by his grace the Archbishop Francis Roberts Rush from Brisbane.
VOTE 1 for a local with experience that has lived in Hervey Bay and Div 9 since
1978!
History is Dug Up at Star of the Sea, story here!

Star of the Sea Catholic School

Helping the younger students with their art…

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Why does Politics not draw out the best in some people?

Dear Dana,

I have been forwarded your facebook post from numerous concerned Fraser Coast residents that did not appreciate your comments in relation to my helping with the storm that severely and directly hit where I live in Scarness. I find it alarming the wife of the current Councillor for our Division 9 being Stuart Taylor would lower themselves to compose such a vitriolic post let alone encourage others to share it.

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Here are a couple of corrections for you:

1.  I was not celebrating, a man had just died, I was lifting and clearing trees for three hours.
I also cleared trees the night of the storm so the ambulance and emergency vehicles could get though as did a shop owner further down. Other community members stopped or came along to help with this. I and a friend also cleared the storm water drain at Scarness of debris and branches as it was starting to flood in front of the shops. Happy to report we had the water flowing again in no time.

2. I did not bitch nor moan at any stage, that is not in my nature, I was too busy working and clearing. I have never made any comment at any stage about the Council insinuating any involvement in any death. Be very careful making false statements like that publicaly on social media.

3. I spoke to the CEO at Scarness Caravan Park and she mentioned your husband Cr. Stuart Taylor was there with many of the Council team, it was wonderful to see this awesome community spirit with my own eyes and everyone working as a team, as the caravan park had been smashed.

4. It was also professional of the CEO to come and speak to me personally even though we have differences of opinion on many local issues, emergencies such as these are the time to put differences aside. She mentioned how some of the residents said they saw a tornado / water spout which was frightening for them especially with the terrible tragedy unfolding. She also mentioned how the residents were currently being evacuated to Pialba to assist with the clear up.

5. Yes I got a little red faced / sunburnt too, I had been out since the crack of dawn and up till after midnight with the storm

6. It was excellent of the Council to put up images of the workers later in the day as I had done. Their efficiency, professionalism and haste to fix our park needs to be commended, shared and congratulated as per my facebook posts with hundreds of likes, shares, comments of thanks / appreciation and thousands of views by the entire community that were very concerned, even their out of town relations, all appreciating the visuals and updates. So many people thanked me for keeping them in the loop and of the excellent recovery progress.

7. I am sorry to hear you had to go without your husband for the day.
Even though as you say, he was attending the scene where the poor man had been a victim of the stormcell and lost his life.

8.  Angry?? – Did you know … 5 mins of anger suppresses your immune system for 6 – 7hours? Tony Robbins said this at a seminar I attended once.

9. TWAT! lol no comment… #stayclassy

10. The facebook group Fraser Coast Have Your Say has over 1,600+ members and it is the Biggest Positive Political Social Medial Group on the Fraser Coast! It a place for the community to share their ideas, thoughts and concerns in a respectful environment (no bullying, name calling or swearing – if there is any of this behaviour from members or negativity is it closely monitored by a team of admins and immediately addressed) We have noticed a couple of strategically placed trolls at the moment “friends of other candidates”, not sure why people bother with that at election time, just live in an open honest transparent manner I say.
There is no cheap political point scoring, defamation or negativity such as this post of yours, just current topics of community concerns plus clarifications as to how current councillors voted in the meetings or their comments to the media when they contradict this. Members discuss their thoughts about both / all sides of community issues to think about Positive outcomes. It is how we all learn and understand more to create positive solutions together and it has been running very successfully for well over 12months now.

11. FALSE; I do not write from a negative perspective that would be a waste of precious positive time and unconstructive to the continuous betterment of my life’s journey, the betterment of the Fraser Coast Community and Council plus a very poor example to my peers and facebook friends.

12. Negative comments do not get me off as per your suggestion, though helping the community in times of need makes me feel grateful and proud as do the endorphins from a fun 10km run make me feel excited and healthy

13. I am not the sort of woman to stand by and tolerate absolute derogatory  posts such as this, so it would be appreciated if you focus on a clean campaign and promote your husband’s positive accomplishments if applicable. The community deserves better than to have to read such immature slander and be ordered to share this taradiddle! Surely you do not have to sink this low, after what the residents and our community just went through …. who does that? Please refrain from further mentioning me on your facebook profile, it is not at all professional …. All the best with your husband’s election campaign   …..

14. Absolute malarkey and unprofessionalism such as this contributes to what has inspired and driven me to run for Council! The Community is in desperate need of Honesty, Professionalism, Leadership, Intelligence, Common Sense and Courage in a Councillor.

15.  No negative comments on this post please people, my page has the same rules and integrity as Fraser Coast Have You Say – “Please keep comments to be positive and constructive giving ideas and working towards solutions.”

16. If anyone sees any other negative posts like this please forward to Jannean Dean 4 Mayor or I, thank you, we will address immediately and won’t be lowering to these standards / election tactics.

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OH and Vote 1 Jeanette Maynes for Div 9 !!!!

Photos of the stormcell here!

Moolyyir Creek

This morning I went to see a friend Dale who I used to train with at the gym (king of spin class) that kindly put up my corflute for me, as you can see I had on my bright gym attire ready to go myself and Dale struck a pose! He told me about and showed resident concerns in relation to a development retainer wall backing right near the mangroves and Moolyyir Creek, also leaving not much space for pedestrian access to the beach. I wonder if that is encroaching on state land …. and what happens with King tides ….?

Save Moolyyir Creek here!

This Week

I had a good time at the Maryborough markets last Thursday, I learnt heaps talking to the locals and checking out some HEMP products …

We’ve hit the highway!!

Thanks JAM Outdoor and Design House , Jannean Dean 4 Mayor & Jeanette Maynes 4 Div 9!

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Corflutes are going up!

My campaign is self funded, I am completely Independent and not affiliated with any Political Party. – So if you wish to HELP & Support Me that would be really appreciated, you can; offer to put up a corflute at your property or business, man a polling booth or be a Scrutineer, share my website & facebook / social media posts, and spread the good news & love!

I have attended the Council meetings for more than the past 12 months and have educated myself with a vast understanding of Council matters and procedures and am eager to learn more from the inside.

THE TRUTH ABOUT RATES

Are you concerned over increasing rates and the need to alleviate cost of living pressures?

FCRC is accountable for establishing priorities for service provision & expenditure for all our areas, in consultation with all our local communities. When budgeting for projects & services, FCRC needs to be innovative and look for the best value and deliver that value for all of us that live on the Fraser Coast.

We need the State Government to look into a ‘rates cap’. This system caps rates increases to a figure based on the Consumer Price Index.

• 80% of properties are on the same base rate i.e. $9,000 block that floods, has no building and a $250,000 house with full services both pay minimum $1,240
• 70% of rates go towards wages and salaries
• Yearly discount should be applied to all quarterly notices
• 11% compounding interest needs reviewing
• $75 Infrastructure fee needs reviewing i.e. Reintroduce $25 Environmental levy fee – $25 Emergency / Critical Infrastructure Fee – $25 deducted straight off rates.
• 32 categories need reviewing – seriously do we need this many?
• We would like to see each town and regional locality have its own kitty to ensure money is being spent fair and equitably for all rate payers across the ENTIRE Fraser Coast.
• We must implement a FULL Financial Analysis / Reports of all RATES and Departments in particular Fraser Coast Opportunities and Council Operations to make savings and reductions; if possible to reduce rates substantially. Water bills will need to be reviewed.

Hope to see you at the ‘Community Rates Forum’ before the Election – stay tuned, details to follow.

Rates

Scarness Master Plan

Extract Scarness Master Plan, what a waste of money!

I was at all the Scarness Master Plan meetings and most of the things in here we did not want, yet Council just includes them?
We do not want the rotunda moved or the last lot of trees in the right hand corner near the caravan park removed for more views, or 36 umbrellas and change sheds?
There is also a very clear entrance to the beach next to Enzo’s so this does not need to be enhanced?
Not a single percentage vote is over 50% in favour which means there is not enough support to warrant this sort of rate payer expenditure.
Are we turning the park into Enzo’s private beer garden?
3 people out of a total population of 101,000 residents want to move the car park SO for the grand total of $820,000 we are going to remove the only car park in Scarness!!!

I can assure you NO one wanted this on the master plan as we don’t have enough parking as it is, another massive not wanted expense slipped in by the Council on their plan.

$250,000 to widen some footpath?
$150,000 to move the 90 year old rotunda! + put in change sheds, umbrellas etc …
$125,000 to put umbrella, lights, seats and shelters in the green open space where everone plays and has picnics between the playground and Enzo’s
$100,000 to remove the trees in the corner near Enzo’s
$50,000 for stairs to the beach

Hervey Bay Esplanade Tourist Precinct Plans here!

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Council Do Not move the 90 year old Scarness Rotunda!

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In Div 9: The Scarness Rotunda – built in Dec 1925 opened in 1926.
Council Do Not move the 90 year old Scarness Rotunda!

(A Contract worker employed by Council suggested to move this as it looks old at a meeting for the Foreshore Master Plan. I said not to include moving our heritage in the master plan, it is not necessary and a waste of money. This is what Council calls community input. Now they have left it completely off altogether and I have repeatedly asked for it to be put back on the master plan. The cost to rate payers to move our heritage for no reason $150,000!)

The Scarness Railway picnics used to attract 6 – 7 thousand people.
Dances, card nights and other fundraising helped raise the money for the Scarness Rotunda. It was originally in front of the Scarborough Hotel, then Haddows, then moved to the furthest part of the Scarness parkland where it is now situated.
It still has the original wind chime on top.
– Photo courtesy of Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum

Last week I was just chatting and singing with ‘The Red G String’ Ukulele Band that perform every Wednesday at 10am in the historic 90 year old Scarness Rotunda from the railway picnic days (that Fraser Coast Regional Council wants to move).
They had a very clear message they wanted Council to hear!!!

Hervey Bay Esplanade Tourist Precinct Plans here!

Pialba Master Plan

Has Everyone seen the new $265 mill (from the Mayoral report in the minutes) Pialba CBD (BrisVegas look A Like)
– CBD Master plan here!

Point 2 – Potential new Council administration centre (relocation of Tavistock St centre)
– Look at the best option for the Council Chambers; are they fine where they are (there si land there to expand), move them to Maryborough or should departments be spread out across the whole of the Fraser Coast?

Point 4 – The very Exciting “Vibrant laneway”  ??

Point 7 – Preferred sites for bus transit centre?
Leave the bus station where it is so that people can easily access the shopping centre. How are the elderly that cannot walk far going to get to the Stocklands shopping centre when they are being dropped off near Old Maryborough Rd? Especially carrying bags of groceries home?

Point 3 & 12 – Potential large floorplate office development (yes we need more offices with all the vacant shops in Main St?)

– Leave the Historical Memorial Hall & Cenotaph where they are! QLD Heritage listing currently being reviewed.

Your thoughts …..?

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PRESS RELEASE: MYSTERIOUS BACK FLOW DEVICE FEE

back flow 2• QUESTION:
IS ANYONE ELSE ON THE FRASER COAST BEING CHARGED A
$57.44 BACKFLOW FEE ON THEIR RATES FOR NON EXISTENT TESTING THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR PROTECTION AGAINST CONTAMINATION?

Upon reading this story today below in relation to legionella bacteria I am very alarmed at what is going on with our water!

FRASER COAST CHRONICLE here
THE Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service’s routine water quality testing program has confirmed a positive test for legionella bacteria in hot water at the Hervey Bay Oral Health and Cancer Care Centre. Two isolated positive results have been confirmed at hot water outlets in hand basins, but cold water has been cleared by current testing and all sterile water used for clinical purposes including all dental procedures is treated and unaffected. “

Where I live we are charged a backflow fee in our rates which is an annual maintenance and testing carried out on testable backflow prevention devices installed in the Region which is an important role played by Council as it contributes to the protection against contamination of the town water supply.

backflow 1The alarming part is Council does not do this testing yet charge me for it annually!!!

1. Council does not send the required notices / letters to advise of this required annual testing to my home / apartment complex
2. A licensed Plumber (with Backflow Testing endorsement on their license) is not engaged to carry out the test at my home
3. Our body corporate does not pay this non-existent licensed Plumber for any work
4. This non-existent licensed Plumber does not give his report to Council to be filed, with which device, at which location, was tested on which date
5. Council have said in writing they have NO list what so ever of back flow testing as per Councils responsibility under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 to maintain a program for the registration and auditing of the annual maintenance and testing carried.
Council email extract – “Council does not keep a list of the number of inspections carried out.”

• The below is an email I sent to Council / Lisa Desmond on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 4:07 PM and the Ombudsman plus Ministers that the CEO only acknowledged after repeated emails (15 in total) SEVEN WEEKS LATER on Thursday, 14 January 2016 3:56 PM
Sent: Thursday, 14 January 2016 3:56 PM
Subject: Official Acknowledgement of Complaint – J Maynes – 2015-16 Fraser Coast Regional Council Annual Rates Notices

Dear Ms. Maynes
Thank you for your emails of 6 and 13 January, 2016, in relation to the above matter. In summary emails to internal Council staff, relating to this matter, commenced on 14 August, 2015, with the following being a chronological order of emails received and responses provided by Council Officers in relation to this matter:- ……………………….. Lisa Desmond  (I will advise the response when I receive one)

• EMAIL SENT TO COUNCIL FROM previous ongoing rates communication ‘he’ is in reference to two separate staff members correspondence provided:
Sent: Tuesday, 24 November 2015 4:07 PM
Subject: RE: 2015-16 Fraser Coast Regional Council Annual Rates Notices

Thanks ……………………..,

……………….. emailed me this information:

All Backflow Devices have to be tested. All test reports are to be submitted to Council.  No Devices are tested by Council.  Council keeps a Backflow Device Test Register.  The Backflow Device Fee issued by Council maintains the register and pays for any inspections required due to complaints.

  1. When did this charging for this Backflow Device commence within our rates and what Minutes was it approved in?
  2. Why would he say there is a register?
  3. How can you say that “it appears that the backflow devices at ……………. are overdue to be tested”? How would you know this, when you state you do “not have a full list of the testing history for the backflow devices on your property” and then further state that you actually indeed have NO list what so ever – ” Council does not keep a list of the number of inspections carried out.”  ????
  4. Why would Council not record inspections and complaints made? This would be a mandatory incident report under the LGA 2009 and Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002?
  5. You mention “Council has a responsibility under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 to maintain a program for the registration and auditing of the annual maintenance and testing carried”Why would you not have a list of inspections for our premises if they are annual and a record of the above auditing for the registration as per your statement being that this is a Council requirement – “they are required to be tested annually”?
  1. Our receptionist has confirmed the “premises”(address removed) has never been contacted in relation to this by Council.
  2. As the Chairman of the “premises” I can confirm the body corporate has never been contacted in relation to this testing.
  3. This is fraudulent to charge our “premises” per annum for work that;
    has NOT been carried out
    has not been recorded or documented in any form
    that Council has no evidence of
  4. Due to there being NO record of any backflow testing inspections I demand the owners of our “premises” be refunded the $57.44 per annum you are charging for work not done or recorded since the commencement of this Backflow Device fee.That is $1,723.20 per annum Council has stolen from our 30 owners.

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PRESS RELEASE: INDUSTRIAL HEMP – What’s the Big Secret Boys?

Did you know that Government was no longer limiting the growing of Industrial Hemp in Queensland?
Trials are currently being conducted in Isis of this crop. The trials being undertaken of the growing of Industrial Hemp in the Isis area to enable to give consideration to the potential for this crop to be grown in the Fraser Coast Region.

Win News learn more here, Mon 11/01/2016:

When WIN News Wide Bay posted my story on their facebook page, Fraser Coast Regional Councillor James Hanson: Wrote that ‘she’, in reference to me, better check the legalities for industrial hemp for their 6,700 follower to read.
I wrote are you sure you are not confusing ‘medicinal cannabis with industrial hemp’ James?

Linking and referencing the Queensland Government Website – Industrial cannabis conditions, restrictions and licences
Under controlled conditions and with the correct licence, you are allowed to:

• commercially produce industrial cannabis fibre and seed
• conduct research into the use of industrial cannabis as a commercial fibre and seed crop (e.g. field trials using fertilisers or irrigation and different planting rates)
• conduct plant breeding programs to develop new or improved strains of cannabis for use by growers for the commercial production of industrial cannabis fibre and seed.
More info here: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industry/agriculture/niche-industries/industrial-cannabis-production

To which Cr James Hanson further replied it’s definitely illegal, for the Win News followers to read! …. which is not what I am reading above on the Queensland Government Website?
(This Clip has now been removed by Win News due to using the wrong footage for the Sports Precinct Plan)

Extract from the Chronicle on Tuesday 12th Jan 2016:

How interesting that my press release from last Fri 8/01/2016 being SPORTS PRECINCT to HEMP FARM was so poorly received by Mayoral Candidate Chris Loft!

” Councillor and mayoral candidate Chris Loft did not support the idea of the cannabis derivative being farmed on the Fraser Coast….. The legal implications to get the hemp approved is more of a long term project.”

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Now here is the interesting part:

When I was at the Council meeting on Wednesday, 19 August 2015, Industrial hemp was discussed.

I pasted a pic from the agenda on facebook, making reference to Mayoral Candidate Jannean Dean in the comments as she had been discussing it prior in the year:
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I’ve finally had a moment to go back through the minutes, where the ORD 10.7 Endorsement of Fraser Coast Advancing Agriculture Strategy – 2031 and Advancing Agriculture Meeting Minutes was voted on.

The RESOLUTION by (Hansen/Loft) was Carried Unanimously.

The MINUTES of  ADVANCING AGRICULTURE ADVISORY GROUP HELD ON TUESDAY, 28 JULY, 2015, AT 4.30 P.M. COMMITTEE ROOM, MARYBOROUGH CITY HALL, MARYBOROUGH were included in this report voted on.

Present at the above meeting were:‐

James Hansen    Councillor – Primary Production and Rural Infrastructure
Chris Loft    Councillor – Small Business, Manufacturing & Service Industry

In the Minutes of this report voted on by all Councillor was:
Item No. 4.4
Action Item:
Growing of Industrial Hemp

Outcomes: Cr. James Hansen indicated that the Government was no longer limiting the growing of Industrial Hemp in Queensland. It was indicated that trials were currently being conducted in Isis of the successful or otherwise of this crop. That enquiries be undertaken relating to the trials being undertaken of the growing of Industrial Hemp in the Isis area to enable the Group to give consideration to the potential for this crop to be grown in the Fraser Coast Region at the next meeting of the Advancing Agriculture Advisory Group.

What’s the Big Secret Boys? Sneaky Sneaky!
You both voted for HEMP along with all Councillors, knowing  that Government was no longer limiting the growing of Industrial Hemp!!

MORE COUNCIL LIES!!!!

Bauple – home of the original Australian macadamia nut

baupleIs democracy dead in small town Australia?
Is the Aussie battler bound to defeat in the face of those in power and control?
Are rural communities doomed amidst inappropriate council decisions?

The story: Bauple, the charming first town on the Fraser coast tourist trail, is the home of the original Australian macadamia nut. It is also a victim, of unilateral council decisions, and a failure in the consideration of the public good and interest. Bauple was once on its way to becoming a self-sustaining community, as well as a thriving part of Fraser Coast agri-tourism. Bauple was growing, and making the most of its stunning rural setting; people wanted to visit and it was making sure they could come and enjoy it, via an RV site, a local store/bank/fuel station/café, and other attractions.

macadamia-nutsThen the RV site was closed overnight; the flow of tourism was abruptly stopped, and the local store, run by the Bromet family of Macadamia house, a local farming family, was closed. Ten jobs were lost and this cornerstone of a budding community was gone. Tourists and residents alike were turned away from Bauple. This occurred when CEO of Fraser Coast council, Lisa Desmond, pushed through a lease on the original free RV site, without any public consultation. Council wanted public discussion, this was not adhered to. Due process was not followed. An ombudsman investigation confirmed this.

The issue: Council have been strong-armed by the CEO of Fraser coast, Lisa Desmond. They followed due process in terms of requesting public consultation on a matter of public interest, and yet this was not followed through. Since the first denial of public discussion, 3 years have passed, in which a small close-knit community have been abandoned. A council and a CEO who made decisions about the fate of their town, repeatedly ignore them. Bauple is evidently suffering, tourism is down, and business is non-existent. There is a no-cost fix, it simply isn’t being considered or discussed let alone implemented.

It would appear that the Aussie battler can lose at the hands of regional council.

BAUPLE   |    BAUPLE MUSEUM   |   [SUMMARY BY HANNAH GALPIN OF NOMADERHOWFAR.COM ]

Sent: Thursday, 7 January 2016
Editor

I refer to the FCC 7/1 Gordon Dale’s comment on dividing ratepayer’s money which he suggests will defuse the de-amalgamation debate.

The de-amalgamation debate is not underpinned by allocation of funds,  but a perception that this council does not govern in accordance with the spirit and intent and principles of QLD  legislation.  The Mayor and councillors do NOT listen.

It is about governance and leadership sadly lacking in our council.

Small towns like Bauple are discriminated against by a council that moves RV Sites out of town and intentionally makes it unsustainable.

Councillors know not even a mobile food van is viable in Bauple after the CEO’s improper action resulted in the loss of the tourist industry and jobs.

Gordon Dale and the new council ought to fix the present councils discriminatory actions and mistakes urgently.

Resident dissatisfaction with this council is palpable;  and more than dividing ratepayers money will be required to defuse voter dis-satisfaction.

Interestingly the Bauple Disaster was caused by Council wasting money, and the remedial action requires no money!

Unfortunately, dividing up the money will therefore not remove the de-amalgamation debate.

Marc Bromet (Macadamia House)
Bauple

 

Key Election Issues #15: FCRC Election March 2016

Jeanette Maynes Key Election Issues 15

15. SCRAP / REVISE – Pialba Master Plan $265+ million million / Better Spent on Regional Ideas & Necessities (as per point 14)

– SCRAP | Revise this unnecessary expenditure
– Leave the Historical Memorial Hall, Railway Station & Cenotaph where they are!

– Look at the best option for the Council Chambers; are they fine where they are, move them to Maryborough or should departments be spread out across the whole of the Fraser Coast?
– Leave the bus station where it is so that people can easily access the shopping centre. How are the elderly that cannot walk far going to get to the shopping centre when they are being dropped off near Old Maryborough Rd? Especially carrying bags of groceries home?
– Chamber of Commerce submission on the Pialba CBD Plan here

Key Election Issues #14: FCRC Election March 2016

Jeanette Maynes Key Election Issues 14

14. REVISE – Foreshore Master Plan $11 million / Better Spent on Regional Ideas & Necessities

– Revise this unnecessary $11 million expenditure and better spend the money where needed over the whole region
– Involve the whole community and residents to advise what is required for their areas and needs (Not just a few preferred key businesses carefully selected by Council) before creating and printing master plans
TORQUAY:
– $200,000 Removal of 78 year old Torquay Tennis Court
– $550,000 Relocate Torquay Car Parking to Freshwater St
– $500,000 Cutting more trees
– $50,000 3 pieces of art on the jetty
– $100,000 for signage
– $250,000 Filtered Seaviews ‘Erosion Enhancement’ more tree cutting
SCARNESS:
– $820,000 Removal of Scarness Carpark to Freshwater St (we don’t have enough parking as it is)
– $150,000 Removal of 90 year old Scarness Rotunda from the Railway Picnic Races
(I was at the fore shore masterplan meeting and specifically asked for this not to be included when the ‘Council’ contract worker said ‘SHE’ would put it in as it looks old)
– $125,000 to put umbrella, lights, seats and shelters in the green open space where everyone plays and has picnics between the playground and Enzo’s at Scarness
– $100,000 to remove the trees in the corner near Enzo’s (near the Rotunda)
– $50,000 for stairs to the beach
– It could appear this foreshore master plan was written and rushed through to clear space for the current foreshore developments at rate payer expense … ?
– Twice I asked via email and in person if I was allowed to invite Scarness residents and businesses to the masterplan meetings and got a flat out NO from Council ….

POSSIBLE Ideas I’ve heard so far:

review the flood levee in Maryborough and look at the Hesco barrier scheme
– Upgrade Tiaro’s Park and play equipment for children under 7 years old there is no equipment suitable, this is also busy stopping point for travellers
– Tiaro needs improved parking for cars, cars with caravans, RVs, as it is a very transient and convenient stopover
– Make Tiaro a proper dedicated coach set down and pick up area (have Greyhound stop here) plus improved highway directional / information signage
– Granville mentioned they need a tennis court – instead of moving the recently newly resurfaced Torquay one 100 meters for no reason, leave it and build the new court at Granville
– We don’t need a second water park| waterslides in Hervey Bay, allocate this to Maryborough or other areas
– Bauple RV Centre
– Reinstate the Hervey Bay Whale Parade back to what it was; floats and leaving from Frank St, markets at Scarness etc
– Redo / re-concrete Dayman park stairs, paint a mural and add vegetation – this is a popular location for exercise, make a little exercise circuit
– Reopen Bauple RV Centre, amend current lease to how it was when the town was happy and sustainable
– Implement a working sewerage network for Howard and Torbanlea
– Traffic Lights at the Main Street Roundabout
– Light rail / bike, exercise & nature trail
– Motorsports Complex
– Scarness night / twilight markets and movie nights on the big screen, Maryborough mentioned movie nights too

Key Election Issues #13: FCRC Election March 2016

Jeanette Maynes Key Election Issues 13

13. SCRAP – The Old Maryborough Township Site $107 million

SCRAP this development application that is on a flood zone as advised by Councils own town planner James Cockburn at the Ordinary meeting 21 October 2015
– Over $1 Mill has been wasted on this already with reports and staff wages and there hasn’t even been a feasibility study done.
– Save Maryborough Old Township for the Community, Established in 1848 and abandoned by 1856, the town site provides relatively undisturbed evidence of early European occupation in the Wide Bay Region. It is the only known undisturbed pre-survey township site in Australia.
– Make an informative historic tourist trail / museum / township – that further leads through Maryborough and onto Hervey Bay, linking the two and other smaller towns
– Possibly incorporate an RV site for transient visitors, that can work around flooding / weather. Toilets, BBQ etc.

Key Election Issues #12: FCRC Election March 2016

Jeanette Maynes Key Election Issues 12

12. SCRAP – Urangan Masterplan 20 Storey Developments / DO NOT reshape harbour as this will create more erosion erosion – needs further discussion & expert advice

– SCRAP and Change all planning / building heights back to a maximum of 4 storey in the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 for the entire landward side of the Esplanade
– Do not change the Urangan harbour shape as this will further impede on the erosion crisis of Hervey Bay
– No development approval of buildings (especially 20 storey) on the Hervey Bay erosion buffer comply with ‘Module 10’ of the Coastal protection Policy
– Push to bring back the fast cat to the marina this has really crippled the precinct, tourism and backpacker industry
– I support development that is compliant, safe, suitable, progressive and NOT ON erosion prone buffer zone land
– The current foreshore resorts are not even used to capacity
– I will not support growing into a concrete Gold Coast look alike jungle

… proudly announcing the “Hervey Bay to Maryborough Official Marathon!”

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“Light Rail / Bike, Exercise & Nature Trail!” – Benefiting the whole community!

I think a bike / run path on the old train line is a fantastic idea, Jannean Dean and I want to take it one step further but she will advise of that soon in a press release. I would love it, I could either run or ride to Maryborough, have lunch then come home most probably by bus lol This is a couple of screen shots from the original Council prospectus on it. It would also make running and cycling much safer for our athletes / car drivers and give them a greater distance to train on, plus possible new State / National events to the region, the “Hervey Bay to Maryborough Official Marathon!” or “Pier to Queens Park Marathon!”
What an amazing ‘Eco-tourism’ opportunity!

The path could be used by the Hervey Bay Bike Users  Group (BUG) + Tour De Bay, , the triathlon groups, adventure groups, others like me that just like exercising Jeanette Maynes “The Motivator” , my Fraser Coast Fitness & Health Group,  personal trainers, gym challenges, tourists …

If it is like all their Fraser Coast Regional Council Master Plans it will be made up by rough estimated figures with no detailed research or quotes. I suggest tenders from all different businesses and start using different suppliers, it’s odd that most of the preferred ones can’t seem to keep to their quotes and have massive budgets blow outs (up to hundreds of thousand of dollars) at rate payer expense …. perhaps we could trial some hemp concrete!

SPORTS PRECINCT to HEMP FARM!

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PRESS RELEASE: SPORTS PRECINCT to HEMP FARM!

It is imperative we implement and encourage the development and growth of new industries especially hemp for the stimulation of our economy via job creation on the Fraser Coast.

How perfect would the Sports Precinct farm land be for an immediate start. Once trailed, systems in place and production successful, duplicate in Maryborough also!
Sustainable and renewable industries are forever and these products can be exported nationally and internationally.

Trees mature in 50 – 100 years where as hemp matures is as little as 100 days! Hemp grows from a seed to maturity in 12 – 16 weeks and one acre can produce durable paper to the equivalent of four acres of trees! Hemp can also be growth without pesticides.

We must Lobby Qld government to change the law to allow commercial growing of industrial hemp on the Fraser Coast and obtain a State license for Industrial Cannabis / Hemp Production.

Components in cannabis can be used in medicines and are estimated to treat around 250 diseases and illnesses

Hemp is refined into products such as hempseed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, textiles, pulp, paper, plastics and fuel.  Industrial hemp can make our future roads, bike / foot paths and highways from hemp based concrete, which lasts for centuries.

“Hundreds of buildings now use hempcrete, including a seven-story office tower in France, a Marks and Spencer department store in the United Kingdom, and even a home built by Prince Charles.”

“Only 1 acre of hemp is said to produce more oxygen than 25 acres of current forest.” – Bryon, Alan D

Chronicle Story here!
“Mayoral candidate wants hemp farm to replace sport precinct”

Jannean Dean and division nine candidate Jeanette Maynes announced their plan on Friday stating a hemp farm mean an economic and jobs boost for the region.
Hemp Initiatives – Million Dollar Crop,  Trillion Dollar Industry!

This is a no brainer. Use the profits from an Industrial Hemp Farm to fund the sporting complex. The Fraser Coast Sporting Precinct will COST the ratepayer millions of dollars – will it create revenue overnight? The simple answer is No.
A Hemp farm costs relatively little to establish – no need for expensive chemicals when growing, and will create jobs, and inject money into the local area which can be used to fund a sporting facility in the future.
We need to be smart about the way we develop and bring jobs to our region. We can have BOTH.
Kind Regards
Jannean Dean 4 Mayor

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Key Election Issues #11: FCRC Election March 2016

Jeanette Maynes Key Election Issues 11

11. IMPLEMENT and Encourage the Development and Growth of New Industries

– Hemp, wind or underwater turbines, solar farm, trains that run on wind energy, organic farms,  eco-tourism promotion, agriculture, endemic plants, medical cannabis; industries that are sustainable. These products can be exported nationally and internationally.
Eco-tourism; “Tourism directed towards exotic natural environments, intended to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife.”
Components in cannabis can be used in medicines and are estimated to treat around 250
– Lobby Qld government to change the law to allow commercial growing of industrial hemp on the Fraser Coast
– Obtain a State license for Industrial Cannabis / Hemp Production ( More info here: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industry/agriculture/niche-industries/industrial-cannabis-production )
– Hemp is refined into products such as hempseed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, textiles, pulp, paper, plastics and fuel.
Industrial hemp can make our future roads and highways from hemp based concrete, which lasts for centuries.
– Trees mature in 50 – 100 years where as hemp matures is as little as 100 days! Hemp grows from a seed to maturity in 12 – 16 weeks and one acre can produce durable paper to the equivalent of four acres of trees! Hemp can also be growth without pesticides.
“Only 1 acre of hemp is said to produce more oxygen than 25 acres of current forest.” – Bryon, Alan D
[Some info via here]
– Could star immediate hemp industry on the Sports Precinct Land

– Lobby State Government for funding to build a sustainable economy based on technology on green infrastructure and on green jobs, creating growth
– Imagine if all the Fraser Coast 9,000 Ergon street lights were run from solar power or turbines, there’s a $4.7mill+ saving straight up.
– Government apprenticeship schemes / business grants
– Support all small business, not just the select few / development buddies
– Push State & Federal Govt for Solar / Battery Power Initiatives
– New homes to have solar panels with battery storage capabilities
– Solar panels at shopping centre car parks
– Solar on all Council buildings

Key Election Issues #10: FCRC Election March 2016

Jeanette Maynes Key Election Issues 10.

 10. IMPROVE Fitness & Health, Obesity + Mental Health

In 2015 the Queensland president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Shaun Rudd said the “state emergency” of obesity was costing the state economy more than $11.6 billion every year.
It is estimated that about 124,000 hospitalisations (6.7%) in Queensland were associated with overweight and obesity in 2011–12
–   Diabetes Queensland show Hervey Bay and Maryborough have one of the worst diabetes rates in the state at more than 6% of the population.
– Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent at 5.94%, compared to 4.20% in 2007.
– Diabetes Queensland lists Type 2 diabetes as a life style disease associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.
– Type two diabetes rising by an enormous 17% in Hervey Bay in just two years.
– The Wide Bay Region has the highest rate of mental health conditions in Australia
– Figures show more than 34,000 people in the Wide Bay region, including the Fraser Coast, are living with one or more mental health conditions – making up 16% of the population over the age of 18
– It’s time to take the Fraser Coast obesity epidemic seriously and work towards creating a massive ongoing community lifestyle overhaul campaign
– Attract Specialist Doctors
– Late night / 24 hr Pharmacies
– Remove paid parking at the hospitals, it appears no one uses this and it disadvantages people that need to have close access eg. disabled, aged, extremely ill …
– Educating the community to look after their health will lower costs, assist our hospital staff to not be overworked and will make more beds available
– Keep up and grow more support services for people living with mental health conditions
– Improve and build more footpaths for people to get around better and exercise more; walk, bike, scooter, skate
– Possibly extend the mobility corridor right out to Eli Waters Shopping centre. A relatively inexpensive project with either concrete on the side of the road or paint a dedicated lane on a road
– Light up the Esplanade bike path better at nights, solar lighting could be used for this
– With the rising costs of petrol and obesity numbers all future town planning should include a focus on foot and bike traffic incorporating “everyday fitness” especially in school, main shops, retirement villages, hospital & medical precincts areas plus for safer conditions too
– more bike racks across the whole region
– network all mobility corridors to easily connect for flow of ease to major centers
light rail / bike, exercise & nature trail  (Hervey Bay to Maryborough and surrounds)
– More awareness of our elderly and their needs; are they coping on pensions with current times and rising costs, can Council assist in any way?